MembershipEach year, we have around 575 members who live in Oak Lawn and surrounding cities. Membership dues are:
Membership entitles you to receive news updates from the Friends, an invitation to our Annual Dinner Meeting, a $5 discount on most trip tickets and access to special members-only events. If you live outside Oak Lawn and would like to receive the library's quarterly newsletter, Check It Out, add $3 to your membership fee to subscribe.
Volunteer ServicesOur projects and activities benefit the library. Here are some ways:
Ongoing Book Sale
Our hard-working volunteers maintain an ongoing Book Sale on the first floor of the library near the BookWorm Cafe. The sale is open the same hours as the library, so stop by anytime to peruse an ever-changing selection of thousands of books and other items at bargain prices. To stock the sale, we accept donations of "gently used" books, magazines and audio visual material from the community. You may drop off donations at a designated area near the library's Cook Avenue entrance. Due to space limitations, we will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias and out-dated text books. To receive a tax letter acknowledgment by mail, stop by the library's Reception Booth and complete a short form.
Our group schedules and implements bus trips to various cultural attractions, such as plays, concerts and museums. Membership entitles you to receive a $5 discount on most trip tickets, with a two ticket limit per person. Unfortunately, trips sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library are not wheelchair accessible.
Visit the Library's Newsletter web site and read the "Friends Footnotes" column to learn about upcoming trips.
We sponsor some of the library's adult programming activities, including the "Sunday With Friends" concert series and the Lyric Opera lecture series. Check the Library Programs page for more details. (Program video clip)
Visit the Library's Newsletter web site and read the "Friends Footnotes" column to learn about upcoming programs sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library.
Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library is a non-profit organization of volunteers who help promote use of the Oak Lawn Public Library, furnish equipment and materials that are beyond the library's budget and bring opportunities for cultural enrichment to area residents.
Visit the Library's Newsletter and read the "Friends Footnotes" column to learn about upcoming Friends of the Oak Lawn Library activities and events.
The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library is comprised entirely of community volunteers, so our officers and committee chairpersons make their phone numbers available for your questions and concerns.
Other officers, chairpersons and directors are:
Dorothy La Bianca, President
Joyce Stroh, Vice President
Dorothy Whitney, Secretary
Mary Ann Galotta
Our Board of Directors meet the first Thursday of each month, except June, at 1 p.m. in the library's Mary Nelson Room, lower level. The general membership meets at an annual dinner meeting held at a local banquet hall every June.
Gifts to the Library
Since 1978, the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library have purchased more than $300,000 in gifts for the library with funds raised through book sales and membership dues. Our group doesn't get heavily involved with fund raising. We prefer to focus our energies on providing programs, activities and services that the public likes and supports.
Our group sponsors two discussion groups that meet once a month, September through May, in the Library's Mary Nelson Room, lower level.
Short Story Discussion Group